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Pandemonium! (Windows)

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Description

The young sorceress Nikki, the court jester Fargus, and his side-kick Sid the puppet are the three main protagonists of this 3D platform game. While attending a "Wizards in Training" seminar, Nikki accidentally casts a powerful magic spell, which results in a giant monsters swallowing the whole village. The three friends must now travel to a place called "Wishing Engine", and be granted a wish to revert the world back to normal.

The characters each have a special movement to kill enemies with. The game uses floating camera angles through a vast Prince of Persia-style world. The goal of the game is to clear the various levels, avoiding spikes and enemies and collecting coins for extra lives.

Unlike most 3D platformers, Pandemonium offers only two-dimensional movement, rather than complete freedom of movement. The characters move along a curving 2D course within a 3D environment.

Screenshots

Pandemonium! Windows World Map
Pandemonium! Windows Nikki running
Pandemonium! Windows Fargus shooting
Pandemonium! Windows Nikki jumping

Alternate Titles

  • "Magical Hoppers" -- Japanese title
  • "マジカルホッパーズ" -- Japanese spelling

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The Press Says

PC Player (Germany) May, 1997 5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars 100
PC Games (Germany) May, 1997 91 out of 100 91
PC Jeux Jun, 1997 89 out of 100 89
PC Gameplay (Benelux) Jul, 1997 86 out of 100 86
Power Play May, 1997 85 out of 100 85
Gamesmania 1997 85 out of 100 85
PC Zone Aug 13, 2001 8 out of 10 80
GameSpot Aug 06, 1997 7.6 out of 10 76
The DOS Spirit Dec 08, 2013 4.5 out of 6 75

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Trivia

Version differences

Pandemonium! (and its sequel, Pandemonium 2) were released in Japan, but with new characters and slightly different environments. The series name was also changed to Magical Hoppers.

Awards

  • Power Play
    • Issue 02/1998 – Best Platformer in 1997

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Erwin Bergervoet (302) added Pandemonium! (Windows) on Feb 25, 2001
Other platforms contributed by Charly2.0 (30542), GTramp (28936), Kabushi (116517), Jason Walker (1744) and Satoshi Kunsai (1817)